Nov 232008
 

I am sure that all of you have seen the wonderful turkey pardoning and then murdering oh it is ok interview that Sarah Palin the wonderful wanna be republican leader. Well I have been thinking about it. I think that she totally set up the entire thing and knew the news media would be talking about it for a couple of cycles. I think that she deep down is an attention seeker and has found another way to do it. You have to remember that this is someone who was a beauty pageant second placer, and then a sports caster for a while. I don’t think that those worked out for her so her next step was politics and has been slowly working up her way into the ladder. She has been seeking this vice president gig for a year or so now and now that she has lost she is still seeking out that attention she so desperately needs. I saw it with my step brother. He craved attention good or bad. He went so far as to try to start a grocery store on fire and limping into a fast food restaurant saying he was hit by a car only to leave before the paramedics and cops showed up.

The most disturbing part about the video is the fact that they are murdering these turkeys right in front of other live turkeys. I think it is torture. Imagine being in a cage with hundreds of other people and watching your fellow beings being beheaded and bleed out. Now you have to understand that even though I am vegan I am not squeamish. I was a chef for 11 years and part of my training was going to a lamb and cow slaughterhouse, so I have seen it all, and I know how animals are murdered for food.

I am feeling a little bit better emotionally. I am still a bit down. Still worried about money. Still frustrated over asshole customers. People demanding things that we just can’t do and then threatening to go to my supervisors supervisor because I can’t meet their asshole demands. So frustrating. So very frustrating.

  
Mood : happygrumpy
Music : Weird Al videos on youtube
 Posted by at 12:23 am
Feb 172008
 

I wrote the first rough draft for the first episode for my video project. I am going to make something quick and easy my first time around to help make things easy for me to iron out the rough spots. I have a long way to go before that happens, but I am on my way. I know what I am going to use to record the audio. I found this thing called an Ikey plus that is going to work perfectly I hope.

Karla and I are still fighting. The last thing she sent to me was that she couldn’t be expected to wait for me to finish painting, that would be crazy, so I responded to her that I waited sometimes for an hour and a half for her to come online so I must be crazy. She hasn’t responded back and that was a couple of hours ago. It is so frustrating.

A nice yummy thread about the meat industry! It talks about Fast Food Nation and gets into how the animals and workers are treated like shit and getting hurt. The comments thread got into animal abuses and vegetarianism a bit. I got into it here and there too. people are so ignant sometimes. Of course I powned here and there since I am a self righteous holier than thou vegan 😉

Current Music: Govinda - Synthetic Beauty
  
 Posted by at 11:14 pm
Jul 042007
 

I haven’t written in this thing in a long time. Not that I don’t care, but things have been really busy at work. My new schedule is a part of that, and also the leads are now taking roadrunner residential calls as well.

I think it is time for me to go see a doctor and get medicated. The eseclations are getting wose, it is causing my reflux to flare up and my stress levels to go sky high. The day before yesterday I had one of the worse ones in a long time. First of all the white trash redneck lady spoke to one of my reps for nearly an hour before she decided to escelate to a supervisior. That got to me. The lady was too dumb to know what her problem really was, but from what I could gather on her account she hd a pc tech out to verify servicibility and it turns out that her wireless router was not able to broadcast the signal through her entire house so he suggested for her to by a signal booster at Radio Shack so the signal would reach her entire house. She of course couldn’t understand this and i guess she had other issues before that had since been resolved. she wanted someone out tonight to fix the issue (like in 10 minutes) or she was going to take alll the equipment and throw it out in the street and run it over with her truck several times. I thought that the call was finally over after about 20 minutes because she was going to disconnect the service when her father and some other lady came home and then I had the three of them on speaker phone all yelling at the top of their lungs at me wanting shit fixed or wanting to disconnect or whatever they were thinking at the time. They couldn’t make up their minds what they wanted to do, and I was tryinig to apease whatever they wanted with the limitations that I had. At one poiint the “gentleman” decided that he was going to go down to Walmart and get some buck shot and shoot any Bright House employee that he runs in to. At that time I hit the button on my phone that will automatically record the call and instantly alert people here that needs to be alerted. The powers that be also locked down the building and got some of St Pete’s Finest over here as added security. My escelatoins have been pretty rough. Fucking selfish pricks who want it their way or else we are not providing customer service. I even had one last week who complained to the ofice of the president address saying I was not helpful etc etc because she wanted a 5-8 for the next day and the only thing available was an all day apointment. That one I had to talk to my supervisior about, but since I was in the right about it there was nothing that came about on it.

On the 29th I took a bunch of really pretty pictures of the sunset and the moon. I share those with you now… (You can see more here:)

2sea oats

Moon behind clouds

Moon over intercoastal

dunes

bye bye sun\

me!
setting

tourists

reflection

There is a rainbow here somewhere

paradise

Anyway, in other news which is old news now but I will rant about it anyway…
There was an article in the Boston Globe about Mitt Romney. In the front page of the article the fucktard decided to put his “family dot” on top of the station wagon like a piece of luggage for the 12 hour each way drive from his home in Boston to Ontario. The fucker did decide to build a “windshield” type of device to help with the dog’s confort. Halfway through this drive the dog was so fucking scared or whatever about this that he had a dieria fit that ran down the car’s windows. So, what did this prick do? He calmly washed down the windows and the dog with a garden hose to remove of the diatrea. Supposevely this was supposed to be an example of how this prick handles “crisis situations” in a cool and collective manner. The dog I am sure stayed on top of the roof along with the rest of the luggage, and I am sure that Mitt also scoldeed the dog for shittting all over the place too.
The Veg blog has a good little write up about it tooo…

Mitt is just a fucking asshole Man over beast attitude prick. It comes from his religous upbringing. He is a Morman and me growing up in the church and going to church almost every fucking Sunday until I was 19 I do have room to talk. I do know what I am talking about and know the brainwashing and the “values” that fucked up church has.

  
Mood : happycalm
Music : http://jared.serveftp.net:9000/listen.pls
Tv : Mythbusters
 Posted by at 8:33 pm
Apr 082007
 

Dear Jared,

PETA was just alerted to an urgent situation in Central Florida. A permit has reportedly been issued to the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, which has been authorized to pave a new freeway interchange over the habitat of helpless gopher tortoises—a threatened species—as well as dozens of other sensitive species. Click here to read more about this disturbing situation. According to wildlife experts, it could take months—up to a year—for tortoises who are buried alive to die of suffocation, dehydration, and starvation in their burrows.

Please contact Orange County authorities immediately and urge them to halt construction of this expressway at once. Demand that they explore humane alternatives by consulting with experts. There is no justification for allowing these animals to suffer and die in agony.

Please send polite comments to:

Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority

525 S. Magnolia Ave.

Orlando, FL 32801

407-316-3800

407-316-3801 (fax)
info@oocea.com

The Honorable Richard Crotty

Mayor of Orange County
201 S. Rosalind Ave., 5th Fl.
Orlando, FL 32801

407-836-7370
407-836-7360 (fax)
mayor@ocfl.net

Commissioner Teresa Jacobs (district1@ocfl.net)

Commissioner Fred Brummer (district2@ocfl.net)

Commissioner Mildred Fernandez (district3@ocfl.net)

Commissioner Linda Stewart (district4@ocfl.net)

Commissioner Bill Segal (district5@ocfl.net)

Commissioner Tiffany Moore (district6@ocfl.net)

Board of County Commissioners
201 S. Rosalind Ave., 5th Fl.
Orlando, FL 32801

407-836-7350
407-836-5879 (fax)

Please forward this message to others who might be willing to lend their voices to this important issue.

  
Mood : angryangry
 Posted by at 9:11 pm
Apr 052007
 

Veil, it came from milk cowsIf you think that eating veal is cruel and won’t eat it for ethical reasons. Then you should also stop eating anything that is dairy as well. If you are thinking about being an ethical vegetarian or you are against the veal industries then reading this article is for you.

So you (want to be an) ethical vegetarian.

I also posted it at my veg*n / animal rights website as well.

Lots of yummy vegan recipes are here:

  
Mood : happyhungry
Music : http://jared.serveftp.net:9000/listen.pls
Tv : Animal Cops Detroit
 Posted by at 11:42 am
Mar 232007
 

About a month or so ago the powers that be decided that the leads need to be QA monitored as well as the reps. The only difference being that supervisors would be monitoring the calls not the QA reps. So today I decided to see what my scores are and I have had three monitors all of them being 100%. So far so good. All of these scores have been agent questions, no escalations as of yet, that is the thing that I am concerned about.

I added three articles at Carrot Juice tonight. There was one that really interested me, especially one part. The article was: Man sues food firm after cat dies. If you are lazy and don’t feel like going to the site and reading the article, it is about the recall of pet food and how people who’s pets have died and gotten sick are filing suit against Menu Foods. The part that really sparked my interest was:

A handful of other lawsuits have been filed in the United States and Canada against Menu Foods Ltd., based in a Toronto suburb. The lawsuits are expected to stir debate over the monetary value of beloved animals, and how much emotional hardship a pet owner stuffers when an animal dies.

I am going to be really interested in this issue because if this thing works out right, all this shit is going to set a precedent in future issues like this. I really think that issues that reach the public eye and are horrific like this creates tougher laws and judges end up passing down stricter sentences as well. I like watching the Animal Cops programs on Animal Planet and there have been cases go in front of judges where the judges rule heavy fines and jail time to some of these abusers and they are seeing the issues as serious crimes against animals. The helpful thing about this is the fact that there are studies that show that people who abuse animals will “graduate” and abuse and commit crimes against people as well, so part of the heavy handed sentencing is to prevent that as well. Which is fine with me because if that makes someone think before they decide to starve or injure an animal that they are going to serve jail time and have a felony imposed then that is great.

What do you think? I opened the article up for discussion in the forums at Carrot Juice, but I would love to hear your thoughts about it as well.

  
Mood : happyblah
Music : http://jared.serveftp.net:9000/listen.pls Black Sheep - Black With N.V. (No Vision)
Tv : Chefography - Giada
 Posted by at 2:18 am
Jan 052007
 

My middle sister got into an accident today. I guess she hit some black ice and slid into the car in front of her. She totaled her car but she came out of it ok. Her hand is a bit sore but nothing broken. Luckily her daughter wasn’t in the car with her. I called her during lunch and talked with her a bit. I am glad she is OK.

Today I decided to call Carol to see if she wanted to hang out with me as I went shopping at Wild Oats or Natures Finest, and she agreed, so I went down to the south side and picked her up and I got the things I needed and then we got a wrap and a smoothie and I was having fun with the sandwich maker guy and entertaining the smoothie making girls and being really silly and stuff. We went back to her place and ate and watched Star Wars 3 in Spanish and laughed and made up our own interpretation of the dialogue. Chasie stopped by right when I was leaving for work and I chatted at her for a minute. We are going to the Bunny Hop tomorrow for lunch and laughs. Should be fun and stuff and stuff.

Yesterday night I was doing some maintenance on Carrot Juice and I was looking at my incoming links list and I saw a webpage I didn’t recognise so I went there and it was a pretty nifty site, and on the site was a link to a Rolling Stone article called Boss Hog about Smithfield Foods which is the largest pig killer in the world. The article talked about the massive amounts of shit the pigs produce and how much of a massive environmental impact this is causing killing huge amounts of fish and how there have been human deaths involved with this as well. It is a pretty good article.

The first page of the article:

Smithfield Foods, the largest and most profitable pork processor in the world, killed 27 million hogs last year. That’s a number worth considering. A slaughter-weight hog is fifty percent heavier than a person. The logistical challenge of processing that many pigs each year is roughly equivalent to butchering and boxing the entire human populations of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Columbus, Austin, Memphis, Baltimore, Fort Worth, Charlotte, El Paso, Milwaukee, Seattle, Boston, Denver, Louisville, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Las Vegas, Portland, Oklahoma City and Tucson.

Smithfield Foods actually faces a more difficult task than transmogrifying the populations of America’s thirty-two largest cities into edible packages of meat. Hogs produce three times more excrement than human beings do. The 500,000 pigs at a single Smithfield subsidiary in Utah generate more fecal matter each year than the 1.5 million inhabitants of Manhattan. The best estimates put Smithfield’s total waste discharge at 26 million tons a year. That would fill four Yankee Stadiums. Even when divided among the many small pig production units that surround the company’s slaughterhouses, that is not a containable amount.

Smithfield estimates that its total sales will reach $11.4 billion this year. So prodigious is its fecal waste, however, that if the company treated its effluvia as big-city governments do — even if it came marginally close to that standard — it would lose money. So many of its contractors allow great volumes of waste to run out of their slope-floored barns and sit blithely in the open, untreated, where the elements break it down and gravity pulls it into groundwater and river systems. Although the company proclaims a culture of environmental responsibility, ostentatious pollution is a linchpin of Smithfield’s business model.

A lot of pig shit is one thing; a lot of highly toxic pig shit is another. The excrement of Smithfield hogs is hardly even pig shit: On a continuum of pollutants, it is probably closer to radioactive waste than to organic manure. The reason it is so toxic is Smithfield’s efficiency. The company produces 6 billion pounds of packaged pork each year. That’s a remarkable achievement, a prolificacy unimagined only two decades ago, and the only way to do it is to raise pigs in astonishing, unprecedented concentrations.

Smithfield’s pigs live by the hundreds or thousands in warehouse-like barns, in rows of wall-to-wall pens. Sows are artificially inseminated and fed and delivered of their piglets in cages so small they cannot turn around. Forty fully grown 250-pound male hogs often occupy a pen the size of a tiny apartment. They trample each other to death. There is no sunlight, straw, fresh air or earth. The floors are slatted to allow excrement to fall into a catchment pit under the pens, but many things besides excrement can wind up in the pits: afterbirths, piglets accidentally crushed by their mothers, old batteries, broken bottles of insecticide, antibiotic syringes, stillborn pigs — anything small enough to fit through the foot-wide pipes that drain the pits. The pipes remain closed until enough sewage accumulates in the pits to create good expulsion pressure; then the pipes are opened and everything bursts out into a large holding pond.

The temperature inside hog houses is often hotter than ninety degrees. The air, saturated almost to the point of precipitation with gases from shit and chemicals, can be lethal to the pigs. Enormous exhaust fans run twenty-four hours a day. The ventilation systems function like the ventilators of terminal patients: If they break down for any length of time, pigs start dying.

From Smithfield’s point of view, the problem with this lifestyle is immunological. Taken together, the immobility, poisonous air and terror of confinement badly damage the pigs’ immune systems. They become susceptible to infection, and in such dense quarters microbes or parasites or fungi, once established in one pig, will rush spritelike through the whole population. Accordingly, factory pigs are infused with a huge range of antibiotics and vaccines, and are doused with insecticides. Without these compounds — oxytetracycline, draxxin, ceftiofur, tiamulin — diseases would likely kill them. Thus factory-farm pigs remain in a state of dying until they’re slaughtered. When a pig nearly ready to be slaughtered grows ill, workers sometimes shoot it up with as many drugs as necessary to get it to the slaughterhouse under its own power. As long as the pig remains ambulatory, it can be legally killed and sold as meat.

The drugs Smithfield administers to its pigs, of course, exit its hog houses in pig shit. Industrial pig waste also contains a host of other toxic substances: ammonia, methane, hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, cyanide, phosphorous, nitrates and heavy metals. In addition, the waste nurses more than 100 microbial pathogens that can cause illness in humans, including salmonella, cryptosporidium, streptocolli and girardia. Each gram of hog shit can contain as much as 100 million fecal coliform bacteria.

Smithfield’s holding ponds — the company calls them lagoons — cover as much as 120,000 square feet. The area around a single slaughterhouse can contain hundreds of lagoons, some of which run thirty feet deep. The liquid in them is not brown. The interactions between the bacteria and blood and afterbirths and stillborn piglets and urine and excrement and chemicals and drugs turn the lagoons pink.

Even light rains can cause lagoons to overflow; major floods have transformed entire counties into pig-shit bayous. To alleviate swelling lagoons, workers sometimes pump the shit out of them and spray the waste on surrounding fields, which results in what the industry daintily refers to as “overapplication.” This can turn hundreds of acres — thousands of football fields — into shallow mud puddles of pig shit. Tree branches drip with pig shit.

Some pig-farm lagoons have polyethylene liners, which can be punctured by rocks in the ground, allowing shit to seep beneath the liners and spread and ferment. Gases from the fermentation can inflate the liner like a hot-air balloon and rise in an expanding, accelerating bubble, forcing thousands of tons of feces out of the lagoon in all directions.

Article is continued here:

Anyway, I was really shocked to see this come from a mainstream magazine like Rolling Stone and at the same time I am happy that they published an article like this. Rolling Stone has millions of readers and I am sure that they open up a lot of eyes to the tortures and environmental impact that eating meat produces.

I personally am going to buy this issue and also write a letter to them thanking them for allowing such a piece to be published.

  
Mood : happycrazy
Music : http://jared.serveftp.net:9000/listen.pls
Tv : avs vs. Lightning (go Avs!)
 Posted by at 11:38 pm
Sep 122006
 

The Daily show was back from it’s 2 week vacatoin last night, and What can I say? They are Emmy Winners…

Act 1 – Jon Stewart and Senior WH Correspondent John Oliver examine President Bush’s methods of coping with the grief of 9/11 and the lessons he’s learned from Hurricane Katrina.

Act 2 – Jason Jones investigates “humane” hunting.

Act 3 as an interview with Maggie Gyllenhaal. She talked about her pregnacy the entire time. It was meh.
The toss – Jon and Stephen discuss the Emmys.

The Colbert Report is coming later…

Current Music: http://jared.serveftp.net:9000/listen.pls
  
 Posted by at 11:25 am